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Get signed, personalized books for the 2017 holidays

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The holidays are coming up, and of course you’re contemplating giving books as gifts to everyone you know and love. Right?

If you’d like to get copies of my novels, you can now arrange for me to scribble in them, no matter how far away you live or whether you catch me in person when I have a pen in my hand. Thanks to my fantastic local bookstore, Book People in Austin, you can order signed, personalized copies of my novels. The store ships across the USA and internationally.

Book People doesn’t have a hard deadline for holiday shipping, but the sooner you order, the better.

UPDATE! Book People says:

To ensure orders make it somewhere in time for Christmas, we ask that they be placed before (not on) December 19th at the absolute latest. Making an order that late would require UPS shipping, our more expensive option, so customers looking to ship through USPS should place orders before the 12th to be sure they make it on time. UPS shipping typically takes 3 to 5 business days and USPS typically takes 5 to 10 business days.

If you’d like to order copies of my books and have me sign them, call (512) 472-5050 or CLICK HERE.

And once you order my books, you can keep on going and order books by other authors as well. Book People has a whole store full of them. What are you waiting for?

Dødens Melodi: Liar’s Lullaby Norwegian edition

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I do love getting foreign editions of my books in the mail. Oh, lookie! The cover even has my name in shiny letters.

California Dreamin’ — Songs my characters love

All the leaves are brown, and the sky is gray… okay, all the leaves are scarlet and it’s a vivid autumn day. The point is, songs. And not just songs I love, like “California Dreamin’,” but songs my characters love. I want to reassure everybody that my characters do have loves and hatreds. Because in a recent post — What do writers owe readers? — some commenters expressed surprise that the characters in my books are fictional. Please don’t panic. They’re as real to me as they are to you, and to prove it, here are their favorite, and least favorite, songs.

Loves:

Evan Delaney — Patsy Cline, “Crazy.” Mary Chapin Carpenter, “Jubilee.”

Jesse Blackburn — Jimi Hendrix, “All Along the Watchtower.” Foo Fighters, “Times Like These.”

Jax Rivera — Ray Charles, “Georgia on My Mind.”

Jo Beckett — Elvis Costello, “Complicated Shadows.”

Gabe Quintana — Stephen Sondheim, “Johanna.” No, only kidding. Los Lobos, “Will the Wolf Survive?”

Lt. Amy Tang — Beyoncé/Jay-Z, “Crazy in Love.”

Rory Mackenzie — Radical Face, “Welcome Home.”

Riss Mackenzie — Amy Winehouse, “Some Unholy War.”

Hates:

Jesse — “Memory,” played on a Hammond organ at the Holiday Inn in Goleta, California.

Evan — Donny and Marie.

Rory — anything that Riss has played within her hearing.

The Liar’s Lullaby: U.S. paperback edition published today

The Liar’s Lullaby is now available in paperback in the USA. Yes, that’s the cover, shiny and smooth and bursting with enticing color. And the book is full of thrillery excitement.

Look what you get, in such a tidy package. Jo Beckett. A dead rock star. The President of the United States. And Mr. Peebles.

Go on. You know you want it. And who am I to stop you?

*End self-pimpery*

The Liar’s Lullaby: a music video

Next week The Liar’s Lullaby will be published in paperback. The novel’s about the death of a singer, in front of 40,000 fans at a stadium concert — a singer who’s the ex-wife of the President of the United States. And the night before she dies, Tasia McFarland writes a song foretelling her death, and warning that if she’s killed, she’ll only be the first.

Here’s the song, and a new music video. Take a look.

And yes, both the song and the video are by the Husband, Paul Shreve.

UPDATE: I’ve got to mention that Goose Creek Music has chosen the song for its “Best of” compilation disk. Yeah, I’m proud of the Husband.

The Liar’s Lullaby: Guardian review

The British paperback edition of The Liar’s Lullaby will be published in a few weeks. Here’s the cool and mysterious new cover. And below that is the cool review from the Guardian.

Joanna Hines writes:

“A fine symmetry bookends The Liar’s Lullaby. In the opening scene, Tasia McFarland, out-of-control, bipolar singer-songwriter and former wife of the US president, makes a dramatic entry on a stage on a zip-line; at the end Jo Beckett, forensic psychiatrist to San Francisco police department, body-rappels from a fifth floor window to escape a couple of crazed assassins. The first high wire act ends in carnage, the final one in rescue. Action scenes like these are full of just the kind of detailed, nail-biting drama that Gardiner does so well… Gardiner is brilliant at making the highly implausible convincing, and switches effortlessly from high tension to tenderness and heartache.”

And yes, that has flat-out made my Saturday morning.

UK! Book! Giveaway! Part II

My upcoming novel, The Nightmare Thief, will be published in Britain on June 9th. To celebrate, my UK publisher is giving away copies of earlier books in the Jo Beckett series. That’s right — giving them away, as in free.

If you are a reader in the UK — meaning, for purposes of this giveaway, you have a UK mailing address — you can win one of these books.

This week, Blue Door is giving away The Liar’s Lullaby.

Once again, it’s first come, first served. The first six people in the UK to comment on this post will get a copy.

That’s all there is to it. Add a comment to this post. Don’t wait. If you want a book, put in your name. At which point your soul will become mine. Mine! Bwahahaha… oh, sorry. I shouldn’t have said that.

Copies are also being given away via Twitter. So you have two chances to win. Good luck!